GRU researcher uses green tea to combat viruses

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A researcher at Georgia Regents University (GRU) has launched Camellix LLC based on his work creating products that may be useful in protecting lives from deadly viruses.

Dr. Stephen Hsu believes his hand sanitizers and lotions have far more potential than warding off flus and colds. Hsu is a professor of oral biology, oral health and diagnostic sciences in the GRU College of Dental Medicine in Augusta.

Citing research by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Hsu based his formulations for hand sanitizer and lotion on a modified epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) compound derived from green tea. In a report on the GRU website, Hsu said EGCG has the potential to protect against an extensive range of deadly viruses, including infection from hepatitis B and C, HPV, norovirus, HIV, herpes, and even Ebola. He believes the products have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives from a wide variety of viral infections.

Camellix plans to donate shipments of the hand sanitizer and lotion to military personnel working to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

In addition to hand sanitizer, Hsu’s formulations based on green tea include moisturizing lozenges and drops for dry mouth, ointments for cold sores and fever blisters, and shampoo for humans and pets. GRU’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization have patented the products, which are sold on the Camellix website and are being marketed to pharmacies in the Southeast.

Image courtesy of Camellix

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Source: Georgia Regents University

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